Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

fireworks2Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind:
Where we pick a topic we’ve done before, or one we skipped the first time around, and come up with a whole new top 10!

I wrote my first version of this list in March 2013… and sad to say, some of the same books are still on it! Yes, I’m the type who buys candy while waiting in line at the check-out stand, who picks up goofy souvenirs at the airport gift shop two minutes before boarding — I’m totally prone to buy on impulse, and nothing attracts me more than a brand new, shiny book THAT I HAVE TO HAVE RIGHT NOW.

Here are the top 10 books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, bought in a fit of total urgency, preordered months in advance… and they’re still sitting there on my shelves (or on my Kindle), taunting me with their pristine dust jackets, uncreased spines, and 0% completion.

1) S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. I was so fascinated by this book when I first heard about it, couldn’t wait to get my own copy… and then once it arrived, I realized I had no idea how to actually go about reading it. It felt kind of like a chore, so I put it aside and never picked it up again.

S 3

2) The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott: A friend recommended this historical novel centered around the Titanic, and I thought it sounded like something I’d love. And I’m sure I will enjoy it, when I finally read it.

The Dressmaker

3) The Buffy graphic novels: I’ve read all of Buffy season 8, but I fell seriously behind on season 9 and its various spin-offs, so now I have several volumes of Buffy, Angel & Faith, and Willow to read.


4) Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson: This ended up being one of Richard Matheson’s last novels, published two years before his death in 2013. I loved the plot description for Other Kingdoms, and bought a copy as soon as it was released.

Other Kingdoms

5) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: I was absolutely convinced that I was going to read this right away… and that was last September.

In Cold Blood

6) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I know this book is supposed to be amazing! I swear, I will read it in 2014!

Me Before You

7) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh: Picked this one up in a bookstore a few months ago…

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

8) Small Damages by Beth Kephart: The reviews were excellent, and I couldn’t wait to read this young adult novel:

Small Damages

9) If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman: After reading Just One Day, I knew I needed to read more by Gayle Forman, and quickly got myself copies of these two books. I know, I know… gotta read them ASAP.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

10) All the books from last year’s various TBR lists that I still haven’t gotten to:

PicMonkey Collage

Once again, this top 10 list is a good reminder to me of all the amazing books I ALREADY OWN that I need to read. (In other words, note to self: STOP BUYING BOOKS! Or more realistically, buy fewer books and read the ones I already have!)

Have you read any of these? Which of these should I dive into first?

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

    • “Decorating my bookshelf” — ha, I like that concept! So many of my books are unfortunately purely decorative right now, until I find the time to get to them all!

  1. You’ll have to let me know if S is good when you get to read it! I was really intrigued by it as well but it’s just too expensive and, as you say, such a chore, so I’m putting off buying it till the right time!

    • I lucked into an Amazon gift card right when S. was being released, so it was a little treat for me! I really like the concept, I think — just need to psych myself up for reading it. 🙂

    • Oh, I love mine too, but I end up with a similar problem — I check books out, and either run out of time or get distracted by still more books, and end up returning them unread. 🙂

  2. In Cold Blood is really good–and then after you read it you need to see the movie “Capote” with the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman, which is the story of how he wrote that book. I also read Hyperbole–which is about as different from In Cold Blood as you can get! And–I thought I was the last person left in the world who hasn’t read Me Before You! 🙂

    • See, I guess you’re the 2nd to last person not to have read Me Before You! I’ve actually seen “Capote”, and I’ve mean meaning to read In Cold Blood forever… but I swear this is the year when I’ll finally do it!

    • I’ve heard such great things about Me Before You, and I ended up picking up a couple more books by Jojo Moyes recently at a big used book sale — just based on hearing how amazing Me Before You is! I’m glad you loved it. I definitely want to make time for it this year!

  3. Yeah, I was excited about it at first, but I actually don’t think I’m going to read S. It just seems like so much work. And what if I lose something… or if something is already lost! This seems like a book you’d really want to buy rather than get from the library, and I just don’t see myself doing that.

    • Right, I think I remember reading that librarians were freaking out a bit about how to lend this book and not have all the miscellaneous stuff go astray. I used a gift certificate to buy it for myself as a holiday treat, but I just don’t know if I want to actually sit down and take the time. It was fun to play with the day it arrived!

    • Ha, you’re the 1st person I’ve met who’s actually read it! So do you read the margin notes as you go along, or read the book text first, and then the notes…??? I’m so confused!

  4. Man, I want to get my hands on S SO BAD. I’ve heard it’s pretty crazy though, much like House of Leaves. I could never do this TTT subject, because I have hundreds of books I HAD to buy and they’re currently gathering dust. Lol

    • Yeah, I had a hard time narrowing it down to 10. Maybe I should just do this topic every week and see how long it takes me to run out. 🙂 I think the concept of S. is pretty cool, and I liked opening it up and handling it, but just got overwhelmed. I think I’ll wait until I’m having a really calm week and then read it! I’ve read one book by Doug Dorst before, and loved it, so I do think I’ll end up really getting into S. once I take the time to start it.

  5. I haven’t read any of those books, although I almost bought Other Kingdoms. My “had to have, still sitting on my shelf” book is Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which I pre-ordered, am sure I will love, but haven’t read. I just haven’t felt like reading it, like I’m not in the right mood for it. So I put it off…

    • Oh, I definitely think this is a universal booklover problem! Too many books, too little time to read them all… I’m glad you loved the Gayle Forman books! I really will make sure to read them this year. 🙂

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